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Hurricane Katrina Devastates US Gulf Coast

Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Central Gulf Coast as a Category 3 storm on August 29, 2005. Its storm surge breached the levee system that protected New Orleans from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, and the city was soon flooded. This and other major damage to the coastal regions of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama made Katrina the most destructive and costliest natural disaster in US history. How many people died during Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding?

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Genocide in Darfur

In 2003, political conflict between Darfur's government and rebel groups erupted when rebels killed 75 military personnel in a surprise raid. The government-backed Janjaweed have since destroyed countless villages and murdered their civilian inhabitants. One UN observer team reported that non-Arab villages were attacked, while Arab villages were unharmed. The mass media has termed the events in Darfur “genocide.” Most NGOs report 400,000 deaths in the region; how many people have been displaced?

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Charlie Parker

Charlie "Bird" Parker was an American saxophonist and composer. As a young man, he moved to NYC to pursue a career in music. There, Parker met and played with a group of young musicians in Harlem clubs. In 1945, Parker and Dizzy Gillespie made the first bop (or bebop) records, becoming leaders of the bop movement in jazz. Parker's brilliant improvisations, noted for their power and beauty, soon earned the admiration of countless musicians. At what age did Parker begin playing the saxophone?

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